Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

*Might contain spoilers*

Somewhere in Spring this year when I was home alone I decided to watch the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I have been waiting for this movie for a long time, because I love Emma Watson. I didn’t really expect much of it, because the trailer didn’t looked that promising. But it ended up blowing me away. It’s not really what you expect, it has scenes that make you sob, scenes that make you smile. I think it was a brilliant movie, and of course I have to share that with you.


Based on a Novel

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on a book of the same name and it’s written by Stephen Chbosky. It’s about a 15-year-old boy named Charlie. Charlie is an outsider, a bit anti-social and “weird”. Charlie is struggling with live and all of his obstacles such as the suicide of his best friend, his fist love and his own mental illness. In meanwhile he’s struggling with his friends and trying his best to belong somewhere.

When the movie starts Charlie is a freshmen in High school. He meets Sam and Patrick who end up becoming his friends and helping him to get through life, through school and problems. The three characters are all different, which causes funny scenes but also drama and obstacles. Charlie has his own problems, Sam lacks self-esteem and Patrick is trying to hide that he’s gay from the rest of the world. This goes together with over-confidence and crazy behavior. In the movie, the spotlight is not only on Charlie, but also on his friends.


Simple yet Complicated

The movie is beautifully written, simple, but also complicated at times. Just like the characters the story unfolds. The movie manages to go through dark topics most teenagers and normal people struggle with; like homosexuality, drugs, belonging somewhere, friends, love and school. But also topics like death and mental illnesses. The story nor the movie and acting feels like it’s forced, but it goes rather smooth. It’s obviously that the actors had a chemistry.

“Welcome to the island of misfit toys.”

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWERI think most of the teenagers at high school has went through all these things. This doesn’t make this movie for teenagers only. For me, it reminded me of high school. We are going through a difficult time. Figuring out who we really are. This movie reminds us to keep fighting.

But the movie also makes us go through a rollercoaster of emotions. You will sympathy for Charlie, you will be on the edge of your chair or couch. Either crying or laughing or maybe even both. Did I cry during the movie? Yes — but I cry easily.

Things I Liked About The Movie

The characters grow and show emotions. Charlie deals with a lot of emotions, and while he’s shy and unsure about himself in the beginning of the movie, he slowly, step by step grows. He punched someone in the face to defend his friend, something you would not expect him to do in the beginning. But it shows that he is growing and that he cares. Emma Watson plays Sam, an unsure girl whose action speak louder than her words. She shows Charlie how to enjoy life and how to go with the flow, while Patrick who always seems to be happy and crazy can make you speechless.

There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about the movie so I don’t really want to pay much attention to it. Emma Watson’s accent can still be heard so now and then, reminding you of Hermione. But overall she does a really good job and she’s perfect to Sam’s role.

Overall I think this is a really good movie who deserved more recognition. It’s an emotion movie, but also with funny scenes. The characters are honest, and the topics may be very heavy. It’s not a typical teenage movie.

Genre: Drama
IMDB rate: 8.1
My rate: 9